"Paper Dolls" as written by and Corinne Bailey Rae....
You have incredible eyes
And all the boys would go wild for you
But I was scared
In case you made me do those dares
Oh, would you
Oh, would you believe me
That I was your fool?

'Cause I've been lying awake at night
Wondering where you are now
And if that mettle turned out right

"All my life
All my life", she said
"It's not right
Nobody told me I could do something
Nobody told me I could be something
I have tried
I have tried", she said
"It's alright, but
Nobody told me I could do something
Nobody told me I could be something"

You wore indelible smiles
You were divorced from inside, they said
But I was disturbed when I heard that it's not what you preferred
It gets to the point they expect it
And who are you to disappoint them anyway?

Time will get you in the end
Just when you shook off that regret
Around the corner comes that memory, in a fur coat, to talk about it

"All my life
All my life", she said
"It's not right
Nobody told me I could do something
Nobody told me I could be something
I have tried
I have tried", she said
"It's alright, but
Nobody told me I could do something
Nobody told me I could be something"

Many words that have been spoken cut me out like paper dolls
Made me into something different
Something I could not dissolve
It's over
Over
Don't let their words control you

"All my life
All my life", she said
"It's not right
Nobody told me I could do something
Nobody told me I could be something
I have tried
I have tried", she said
"It's alright, but
Nobody told me I could do something
Nobody told me I could be something"
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"Paper Dolls" as written by Corinne Bailey Rae

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    My InterpretationI think this song is about breaking the mold, the artist felt pressured to be a certain way, not to express herself. Like a paper doll with a painted on smile.

    "Nobody told me I could be something"

    Is her realization that no one told her she could be herself. Be who she wants be and not who society tells her she needs to be...
    starchick77on April 25, 2010   Link

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